Just how sexy is Charlotte Gainsbourg? Well, her pop’s Serge, her mom’s Jane Birkin, she’s a “celebrated French actress,” and then there’s this leggy press photo we happened upon.
More importantly — this is a music blog, after all — how sexy is “5:55″? Gainsbourg had Air write the music, Nigel Godrich produce, Jarvis “Seductive Barry” Cocker pen the lyrics, Afrobeat legend/The Good, The Bad and The Queen member Tony Allen lay down a beat ? and she says “again and again” again and again all out-of-breath and saliva-like.
The dusky piano ‘n’ string lullaby’s the title track of Gainsbourg’s second record, her first since her 1986 debut Charlotte For Ever. This Monday “5:55″ will be released as a 7″ single/download with additional remixes by Brighton electro artiste Metronomy (who’s had his way with Franz Ferdinand, the Gorillaz, the Klaxons, etc. and turns this track into an icier, tension-filled series of pulsations that flow into a coolly funky exeunt) and UK buzz crew Black Ghosts (folks from Simian and the Wiseguys). But Ghosts’ Cornelius-y take is our runaway fave. Maybe it’s the upfront bass, tinkling bells, lovely arpeggios, slightly TV On The Radio backup sighs, or that they transform a paean to loneliness into a warmer post-emo call ‘n’ response.
“5:55” is out 8/6 on Because Music.